19 Dec
Yemen’s Parliament Approves New Government

 Photo credit: Al Jazeera Yemen’s 301-seat parliament approved the government of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah in a vote of confidence on Thursday, freeing it to tackle major challenges facing the country. The verdict came just two days after ...

16 Dec
Gezi Park Protesters Face Life Sentences

 Photo credit: DHA Photo Thirty-five soccer fans who participated in Turkey’s Gezi Park anti-government protests last year are on trial in Istanbul’s Caglayan Courthouse. The individuals, who belong to the Besiktas’ football fan group Carsi, are facing charges ...

15 Dec
Michele Dunne Denied Entry to Egypt

Photo Credit: PBS Egyptian authorities briefly detained Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former diplomat, and barred her from entering the country upon her arrival to the ...

11 Dec
Omnibus Includes National Security Waiver on Aid for Egypt

Image Credit: iStockphoto The new Omnibus bill introduced to Congress yesterday gives the Secretary of State the option to waive conditions placed on economic and military aid to Egypt for national security reasons, a feature absent from last year’s ...

09 Dec
King of Saudi Arabia Announces Major Cabinet Overhaul

 Photo credit: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced a major overhaul of the cabinet,  naming eight new members to the Council of Ministers. These sweeping changes are the most widespread in almost ...

09 Dec
U.N. Special Envoy Announces Second Round of Libya Peace Talks

 Photo credit: Reuters/Ismail Zitouny United Nations Special Envoy Bernadino Leon announced a new round of Libya peace talks due to start next week which are aimed at ending the country’s political crisis. The talks have been expanded to include ...

08 Dec
ISIE Sets Date for Tunisian Presidential Runoff to December 21

 Photo credit: AP Photo/Hassene Dridi Tunisia’s ISIE  announced that the runoff presidential election will take place on December 21. Incumbent president Moncef Marzouki had originally lodged eight appeals against the results of the first round of voting, delaying ...

08 Dec
Rezaian Sentence Extended to 60 Days; Kerry Calls for his Release

Photo Credit: Iran Human Rights The detention of Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter in Iran, was extended for up to an additional 60 days, his family reported. Back in October, a senior Iranian official had said during an interview in ...

08 Dec
POMED Notes: “The Dire Human Rights Situation in Iran and the Need for Sustained Attention”

The Senate Human Rights Caucus hosted a panel discussion entitled “The Dire Human Rights Situation in Iran and the Need for Sustained Attention” on Friday, December 5 at 2 pm. The panel was comprised of Executive Director of the International Campaign on Human Rights in Iran Hadi Ghaemi, Director of Public Affairs for Bahai’is of the U.S. Anthony Vance, and Human Rights Watch Iran Researcher Faraz Sanei. For a full summary ...

05 Dec
Saudi Human Rights Activist Banned from Travelling to EU Human Rights Forum

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State/Public Domain Samar Badawi, a Saudi Arabian Human Rights activist, was banned by her government from travelling, as she was set to attend the European Union NGOs Forum on Human Rights held in ...

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